Definition of valedictorian
: the student usually having the highest rank in a graduating class who delivers the valedictory address at the commencement exercises
Examples of valedictorian in a Sentence
She was the valedictorian of her class in 1985.
Recent Examples of valedictorian from the Web
Barschow was a career Navy officer who was valedictorian of his class in Bay Village, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard.
Peter Butera, the Pennsylvania high school valedictorian who had his microphone cut off when his graduation speech turned critical of school administrators, finally got a chance to finish his thoughts.
CHICAGO -- A Chicago teenager who was struck years ago by a stray bullet during gang crossfire has accomplished one of his proudest achievements: graduating as class valedictorian.
The valedictorian of this year’s class is Abby Yoh and she will be attending Wheaton College.
This year, one school in Tennessee had 48 valedictorians.
Its highly ranked Central Magnet School had 48 valedictorians this year, about a quarter of its graduating class.
More than two dozen seniors at an Indianapolis high school, including the class valedictorian, were banned from graduation ceremonies after a senior prank gone wrong caused significant damage to the school’s campus, school officials say.
Across the country, approximately 70 percent of high school valedictorians are women.
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VALEDICTORIAN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of valedictorian for English Language Learners
: the student who has the highest grades in a graduating class and who gives a speech at graduation ceremonies
VALEDICTORIAN Defined for Kids
Definition of valedictorian for Students
: a student usually of the highest standing in a class who gives the farewell speech at the graduation ceremonies
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